The students are learning that organization is a major component of their book writing project.
"Let's say you write something but it really doesn't fit in. You have to delete it...or move it around to make sure when you read it it's smooth," explained Niam. "So you have to figure out what chapter goes first and then next and then next, so it goes with the flow."
Revising is one of the most important steps in writing a piece of any size. Rewriting helps the writer clarify, fix mistakes, and bring the story into sharper focus. Some students chose to do their writing on their iPad, which makes revising easier.
Daniella had some very astute observations about revisions: "You revise to see if there's a mistake. Can I make this better or more detailed? Can I stretch this part out? Can I delete this and mash it up with this? It's very important to just go over your work and do the best you can, and revising is one of those steps."
"Also, you have to make sure the words are spelled correctly," said Niam. " So if it's, like, their and you wrote the word t-h-e-r-e and it's supposed to be t-h-e-i-r."
As part of the unit on informational writing, students are learning that good introductions and conclusions, highlighted words, bullet points, and a glossary of lesser-known words are all important components of a good, informational composition.
Writing is a very personal and endearing experience for our students. Words committed to paper can last forever.
"Writing, for me, is very important," said Daniella. "You get to express your feelings best with words. It just helps you get all your emotions and thoughts out, which is really important to me."